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I Have A Dream
I would like to take this opportunity to express my thoughts and opinions on
Martin Luther King Jr.’s speech, “I Have a Dream.” In reading this speech I was
incredibly impressed by how well he was able to convey his message and how masterfully
it was written. What I am surprised by the most is how this man in that day and age, when
black men were so discriminated against, was able to so such a remarkable thing under
such racial tensions.
Martin Luther King Jr. is truly inspirational. In his speech he inspires the people to
“not judge a person by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character” (King
515). Martin Luther King tells us of his many dreams some of which have been
accomplished since then, and some of which still need work.
“I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning
of its creed, ‘We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal” (King
515). This line, probably one of the most famous in his speech, was said with the intent to
get people to think. So far, up until then, blacks were still not treated as equals to the
whites. They were segregated, put into separate places and not allowed in certain places.
In no way, shape, or form were the Negro in America treated as fairly or as equally as the
Today, blacks and whites are supposedly equal, even though statistics show that there is still a huge problem. Statistics such as the number of blacks in prison compared to the number of whites in prison, for the same exact offense. There are still racists and there are still those feelings of superiority.
We have come a long way since 1963. We have made a lot of progress, but still even then we still have work to do. When Martin Luther King says, “I have a dream that one day down in Alabama-with its vicious racist, with its Governor having his lips dripping with the words of interposition and nullification-one day right there in Alabama,little black boys and little black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as
sisters and brothers”(King 515). His dream came true. For the most part, people have gotten a lot better. Blacks and whites no are together and for the most part are as he says sisters and brothers.
Another thing King said was, “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character” (King 515). In this nation in the year 1999, we are okay at not judging a person by their skin color, but by their character. We could be better but we have made a lot of progress.
The “I Have a Dream” speech was very commendable and valuable. I have a lot of respect for this man and for what he did for our nation as a whole. He did a wonderful job and accomplished a lot. As a nation we have come a long way since 1963, but we have a ways to go but as long as we keep making progress I believe that everyone of Martin Luther King Jr.’s dreams will become realities.
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Politics, Community organizing, 20th century in the United States, Christianity, Counterculture of the 1960s, I Have a Dream, Martin Luther King Jr., Interposition, Yolanda King, Coretta Scott King
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